BVC-CHAT Thanks (And now for something completely different)
lhuebner at CGSB.TAMU.EDU
Mon Mar 15 10:43:43 CST 2004
I don't know how to help at this point pursuing getting helmet at little or
no cost to this group, but with some direction, would be willing to help the
team that takes on this project.
I can also remember my own days of 'casual' bike riding when I didn't wear a
helmet. Seems like a long time ago - but it wasn't. Let's help not only
educate but solve the issue.
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Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 10:39 AM
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Subject: Re: BVC-CHAT Thanks (And now for something completely
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2004 at 09:20:44AM -0600, Jean Marie Linhart wrote:
> > One observation of mine was that all the kids had helmets but few of the
> > adults did. (Let me admit my eyes almost rolled and a few thoughts
> > leading by example crossed my mind. Hopefully I surpressed the
> > streak when I asked about it.) They said price was an issue with this
> > buying 3 kids helmets you save money by skipping your own....
Chris Menzel wrote:
> Hmm, lessee, cost of helmet vs cost of insurance deductible...hmm...
> Not to mention the fact that you might not be able to, say, ADD or DRESS
> YOURSELF anymore.
> I'd say they deserved a good eye roll! :-)
Yes, but non cyclists really don't understand how cycling
is both safer than they think and more dangerous than they think.
The adults in question are probably thinking -- kids ride
erratically and are prone to fall down, they need a helmet.
I'm and adult, and I'm not going to fall, so I don't goes
They don't realize that a moment of inattention at 10 miles
per hour and one good pothole or expansion gap in the concrete
is all it takes to have a fall. They don't understand how riding
on the sidewalk with pedestrians and having a pedestrian move
erratically (as pedestrians do) is all it takes to cause an accident.
Or riding too close to a parked car when a door opens. Most injuries
from bicycling are falls, not than vehicle crashes, but that helmet is
a big huge protector on both. Admittedly, these aren't often
life-threatening crashes, thank goodness, but you can get good and hurt
(and, if you hit your head without a helmet, *really hurt*).
Meanwhile the non-riding adults (and even some riding adults) are
terrified of getting hit from behind, which we know
is only a very small accident risk (I can get some better numbers
if anyone cares, I believe this is in the <5% of all accidents range).
I won't comment on the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do phenomenon. I
hope here my actions speak for my opinion!
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